Nigerian gov bans selling, buying of lands, shops at market

Governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi has sent message of warning against the illegal selling and buying of lands and shops at the popular Kpirikpiri market in the state.

The state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji made this revelation via a statement on Wednesday in Abakaliki, the capital of the state .

The Governor has warned the people involved to do away with the transaction, noting that his administration would sanction the perpetrators.

“It has come to the notice of the governor that some local government officials of Ebonyi Local Government Council are illegally selling lands and shops at Kpirikpiri Market.

“The sellers and buyers should know that the market is within the capital and as such belongs to the state government.

“We hereby, give notice of revocation of all lands and shops at Kpirikpiri market.

“All occupants are directed to proceed to the state Ministry of Market Development for appropriate documentation and payment to government.

“Take note that where such occupants fail and or neglect to come to the ministry for documentation and payment within the stipulated time, they shall be held responsible for breach of the state Land Use Regulations,” he advised.

The governor has noted that after seven days from Wednesday, all lands and shops whose occupants do not to make their papers and appropriate payments would be shut.

“All the perpetrators, no matter whom they are, shall be brought to book,’’ he said.

He said his administration had not given anyone the right to sell any shop or land at the Kpirikpiri market, adding that, “all concerned have been sufficiently admonished.’’

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